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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes


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  1. I have been searching around for generic allergy medications similar to something like claritin. I realize the brand name doesn't have gluten ingredients but it is expensive and I'm not sure it will work. My experience with allergy meds years ago was that even the "non-drowsy" meds would still make me very sleepy, so sleepy I couldn't work. I have looked at generic allergy meds at cvs and family dollar, and they contain the inactive ingredients pregelatinized starch and sodium starch glyconate. Of course, no one is there on the weekends to answer the 800 number provided on the box. Are manufacturers required to disclose a wheat sourced ingredient, like with food? Has anyone called either of these to find out where the ingredients are sourced? Thanks in advance for your help.
  2. Pretty sure that websites have these banner ads either required by the web host or to make money and the content is put up by the people that sell the ad space. In other words, a particular site has no control over what the entity selling the banner ads puts up.
  3. I went to Nana's tonight to check out the food since I'd heard they were doing gluten free pizza and I live only 2 blocks away. I spoke directly with the owner, who has celiac disease, and he explained all the precautions they take to avoid cross contamination. They have gluten free options for pizza, wings, salads and desserts. I ordered the pizza and WOW!!!! Best gluten free pizza I've ever tasted. I immediately told friends about it. They also have "regular" menu items so everyone in your family or group can eat there. If you're in the Boston area, don't miss this restaurant! :-)
  4. No More Panda Express!

    My parents were very good at cooking all kinds of ethnic foods. When I went through the sauces in the fridge, all, I repeat, ALL, of the chinese sauces contained wheat - Soy Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Hoi Sin Sauce, etc. At a mall type chinese restaurant, if I were to eat anything, I would only eat the white rice. At a regular chinese restaurant, steamed vegetables, white rice, and meat with no sauce would be safe. Sorry Oh, and PF Chang's is awesome.
  5. I also agree with those who have stated Wikipedia is not reliable. Anyone can edit any article, so take it with a grain of salt. If you want to look at research, look at articles on this website and look at scientific journal articles posted online. They may not be perfect, research changes all the time, but they are a lot more credible than wikipedia.
  6. This is definitely your right to trust doctors, but I don't trust them as far as I can throw them. If they knew what they were doing they wouldn't call it "practicing" medicine lol. Many people on this board have been misdiagnosed by doctors, laughed at, told they are crazy, told they don't have celiac because they're overweight or because they don't have diarrhea, that symptoms are all in their head, and/or a combination of the above, and more. Then later they are diagnosed. Just because someone has a medical degree doesn't mean they know everything, or much of anything.
  7. I called Starbucks a while back because I had heard something about gluten in one of their drinks. They said the base for (macchiatto?), may or may not be safe, they cannot exactly source every ingredient to make sure it is not cross contaminated. They said it should be the customer's decision whether or not to have any blended drink if they are concerned about food allergies/intolerances. Personally, I drink their hot and iced coffee and stay away from blended drinks, since even if they clean the blenders, there is still a risk that something is left on it. And honestly, their blended drinks have hundreds to thousands of calories and ridiculous amounts of sugar depending on size, so best to stay away from them anyway. A bunch of Starbucks in the Boston area have started carrying packages of gluten-free cookies and such, which is nice of them. As far as the blenders, I stay away just like I would not drink anything made in a smoothie shop because you just never know... oh, oops, I should have said this at the beginning, I'm pretty sure the syrup is gluten-free, but don't use them or any other sugar in my coffee. If not sure, I would ask them to look at the ingredients on the bottle. They're usually pretty good about that.
  8. Go over to her place, lie on her couch, and tell her you're going to roll around on it in your undies so she'll get your rash, then do it(of course we all know it isn't contagious, but she probably doesn't lol)
  9. Can I Trust This Diagnosis? Help!

    I was gonna say that, but you already did. :-)
  10. Here's how I solve the "holiday dilemma" - I bring my own food in one of those reusable grocery bags, just in case there is nothing I can eat. I then explain to the host/ess that I don't want to cause them extra work by asking them to cook according to my dietary restrictions, so if they don't mind lots of questions about each dish, I will ask and see if there is anything that will work. If they seem unsympathetic, I just eat what I brought with me. If they don't mind the questions, I eat the dishes that I can. I usually talk to them before the event if I know the person well, if not, I will speak with them when I come in. Yes, it's annoying that people aren't always willing to accommodate, but on the other hand, it's not always possible to accommodate every guest with a group that has multiple food allergies, sensitivities and dietary restrictions. I'm sorry you have to deal with family that is unsympathetic. That's very difficult.
  11. Hi MrsB: I believe I can answer one of your questions. Glucose is a sugar, so it is safe for Celiacs or people with gluten intolerance. Good luck with everything, hope they get it figured out quickly so you feel better soon.
  12. Yes, vertigo was one of my symptoms when I was still eating gluten. It cleared up not long after starting a true gluten-free diet (it took a while for me to figure out what was truly gluten-free). Hopefully, this will happen for you too. :-)
  13. I completely understand your frustration. I thought I was being very careful, checking labels and everything, but then, for example, found that a type of cheese that I used to buy on a regular basis is now labeled "contains gluten and soy". Ugh. However, as some of the other posters have stated, certain foods, such as raw, unprocessed fruits, vegetables and meats, are naturally gluten free. Ketchup and mustard are also SAFE. There are a couple of companies that I support when I can, because they are vigilant about labeling, so I will go out of my way to buy their products. Kraft, Hormel, and Con-Agra are the ones I know about. If wheat, rye, barley or oats are not listed on the label, it's safe. The way I look at it, there's enough stuff we can't eat, we don't need to be told that stuff we CAN eat contains gluten. As some on this forum have stated previously, a gluten-free version of SNOPES would be extremely helpful. You can do this! :-)
  14. Hello, Sorry you are going through all of this. Threatening to leave the school will probably do no good, sorry if this seems blunt, but the college isn't going to care about one student. However, whether or not the college has a disability office, you can still find an ADA office in your area. Let the college know that if they don't work with you, you will be filing a complaint. You've tried being nice, and you are getting sick. No one should have to deal with that. And as previous posters have stated, you are covered under the ADA. I hope you find a quick solution. Please let us know how everything turns out. :-)
  15. Make sure you go up to her, hug her and then rub some part of you that has the dh on her. Then smile sweetly and walk away lol. Seriously, that's messed up. I'm sorry you had to go through that.